On June 1, 2009, Air France flight AF447 leaving Paris for Rio de Janeiro crashed in the middle of the night while flying over the Atlantic. All 216 passengers and 12 crew on board died. Almost 14 years later, the Paris criminal court has exonerated both Airbus and Air France of voluntary manslaughter, considering that it is not possible to "prove a causal link" with the accident.
Both companies had been prosecuted for voluntary manslaughter in what is considered the most serious accident in the history of French airlines.
On board the device there were people of 33 nationalities, 72 French and 58 Brazilian. She was not located until two years later, at a depth of 3,900 meters.
The trial was held between October and December and there was great expectation for the verdict, because the associations and relatives of the victims expected a sentence against the companies, considering that they had indeed committed crimes.
The Prosecutor's Office had requested that both companies be acquitted, considering that it was impossible to prove their guilt.
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